Listen, I grew up in five states, two countries, fourteen different homes, eight fathers, three care homes, two correctional facilities, one beautiful, damaged flower of a mother. I’ve served time, my country, your country, and myself. I’ve committed every mortal sin, I’ve loved, I’ve hated, and I’ve searched for meaning. And do you find me saying things were tough? Do you? Listen, kid, if you take one thing away from me, it is that self-mythologizing and self-pity are for the weak. You got me?
“Not weed… Real smoking… Crystal… Weed is an asshole’s drug. Real men smoke meth. That separates the men from the boys… Weed? Weed is for hobbyists. Give me an addict any day. Weed? Weed. I’d rather suck cock than smoke weed… And I’ve done both.”
This is completely missing the point of medievalpoc.
Which is…what? Compiling random photos with no context and complaining when journals with rigorous standards won’t publish their glorified internet collage…
This is reminding me a bit too much of a job I had a couple of decades ago. (5th grade teacher) I had a lot of kids in my class who had Native American family members or ancestry and when the curriculum turned out to include much biased and inaccurate (and racist) materials, I contacted a Native American publishing group that offered more balanced alternative material. (Including a novel to read that was historically and culturally accurate and respectful of all the characters instead of describing the Indian characters as “savages” and “grotesque”. My sharing of this information was greeted with discomfort, anger, and rolled eyes, and comments like “this is too much work to redo all this”, “Why do you care?”, etc. I guess inclusion and respect are just too much work for some folks. It is work, but it is important work and I am glad you help provide information and links for teachers.
Apparently historical accuracy is too much work, even for a classroom environment…..sigh.
Thanks for sharing your story, because I think it really illustrates concetely how teaching 5th graders racism in a classroom is common, and wanting to provide a better education that doesn’t perpetuate racist views is somehow eyeroll-worthy.
Thanks for trying to give these kids something better.